Here are three books on missions that will inform and inspire you.
A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger
By Steve Peifer
A Dream So Big is an incredible true story that will delight, inspire and educate all who read it. Due to overwhelming grief at the loss of their infant son, Steve and his wife, Nancy, decide to spend a year at a school in
as dorm parents to the children of missionaries. Kenya
Peifer recounts delightful and humorous stories about their children, JT and Matthew, and the family’s adaptation to and experiences in
. He tells similar tales about the boys they house
parent. Family trips during school breaks give a marvelous picture of the
stunning natural beauty of Kenya . Of course the travel is often on dirt roads and in
the midst of much poverty. Kenya
Near the end of the first year Peifer visits a classroom in a government school and notices many of the children are lying on the dirt floor. He asks the teacher “Why are so many of your students lying on the floor?” The teacher replies, “This is Thursday. Most of the children haven’t eaten since Monday. If they try to stand or even sit they will faint.”
Peifer can’t get these children out of his head. After a year back in the States, he and his family return to
to help in the mission school as dorm parents and
teachers. They also decide to adopt two month old abandoned Kenyan twins, Katie
and Ben. Kenya
After teaching a few years Peifer becomes the school counselor guiding students as they apply to colleges. With Pfeifer’s help several of the students for the first time ever are accepted at Harvard, MIT, Stanford,
and Cornell. Dartmouth
In addition to his caring connections to his students Peifer reaches out to help a number of government schools. With friends and relatives raising funds in the
, Pfeifer sets up a lunch feeding program for these
schools. Attendance jumps – kids come to school in order to eat. The schools
with the worst attendance now have the best attendance. Later Peifer develops
solar powered computer labs for these same schools – giving the children hope
for their future. US
This one year adventure became thirteen years of amazing experiences living in another culture and thinking outside the box to find ways to help Kenyan children escape starvation and find hope for their future. Read this book and enjoy descriptions of this beautiful country, insights into our wealth in comparison to their poverty, and be challenged to do something to make a difference.
A Certain Risk: Living Your Faith at the Edge by Paul Richardson
A Certain Risk by Paul Richardson describes the inner freedom Christ offers us all.
writes in the context
of his experiences as a missionary in Richardson . He emphasizes the
value of truth, the value of openness. Even though it’s dangerous to live in Indonesia as a Christian, he
has always been open about his faith and his reason for being there. He
believes keeping secrets affects our souls. When we do this we live a divided
life. He believes it’s worth taking “a certain risk” in order to live with
inner freedom. Indonesia is an excellent, beautiful writer. I'll read this over again. Richardson
: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and
By John Piper & David Mathis
Finish the Mission is an excellent book about the church reaching every tribe, and tongue and nation – finishing the mission. But the book offers so much more. Many Christians do not connect worship and missions. This book makes clear that worship is what it’s all about. Davis Mathis states in the introduction “The outcome of missions is all peoples delighting to praise Jesus. And the motivation for missions is the enjoyment that his people have in him.”
Louie Giglio, Michael Oh, David Platt, Michael Ramsden and Ed Stetzer write chapters in addition to those by Piper and Mathis.
Giglio in Chapter 1, using Isaiah 6:8 “Whom shall I send?” conveys the fact Isaiah is hearing a voice from our incomprehensibly great God.
David Platt in Chapter 2 gives a biblical, sobering view of hell highlighting the lostness of so many.
Michael Ramsden in Chapter 3 gives a realistic view of the dangers of mission and challenges us to be courageous.
Michael Oh in Chapter 4 teaches from the Lord’s Prayer the necessity for Christians to go “from every land and to every land.” He describes how this is currently happening in various locations around the world.
Ed Stetzer in Chapter 5 challenges all of us to send or be sent, and to be missionaries where we are. He emphasizes we are to be gospel centered and Spirit empowered.
In the final chapter John Piper teaches on Psalm 62 “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy…” He comments on Islam as not worshipping God and suggests the reason we have been given material wealth is so we will reach the nations.
Finish The Mission ends with a conversation with the authors and an appendix by Mathis on What Next? This is a challenge to the church, to all Christians to disciple others. Mathis says in the introduction “This is no ordinary missions book.” He’s right about that. I highly recommend this to all who are ready for a challenge.
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15